CEZAR McKNIGHT COMPARES UNION GENERAL TO GHENGIS KHAN
|| By FITSNEWS || A liberal black Democratic lawmaker in South Carolina is comparing Union general William Tecumseh Sherman to Ghengis Khan – and expressing remorse he didn’t “burn more” during his swing through the Palmetto State a century-and-a-half ago.
The comments – made by S.C. Rep. Cezar McKnight – come on the 150th anniversary of the burning of Columbia, S.C. in February 1865.
“When I think of General Sherman’s March, I am reminded of the words of Ghengis Khan: ‘I am the flail of God. Had you not created great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you,'” McKnight wrote on his Facebook page. “General Sherman’s only fault is that he didn’t burn more. God bless him!”
McKnight added that “Sherman is my hero.”
First of all, McKnight’s comments would seem to run counter to the latest politically correct sanitization of Sherman’s legacy – which endeavors to minimize the brutality of his “total war” tactics against the rebellious South. His comments also display a fundamental misunderstanding of history.
As we wrote last year, multiple historians have concluded that “the main fire which destroyed roughly a third of (Columbia) was accidental – the result of wind rekindling cotton fires set previously by retreating Confederate troops.”
Now … did Sherman’s troops set fires in Columbia, S.C.? Absolutely they did … in fact Sherman not only admitted responsibility for such conflagrations, he acknowledged attempting to frame Confederate general Wade Hampton for the fire as part of an effort “to shake the faith of his people in him.”
But the jury will always be out on whether malicious advancing Northern troops – or incompetent retreating Rebels – really bear responsibility for the blaze.
Or maybe both do …
What isn’t up for debate? The needlessly provocative nature of McKnight’s comments – which are solely intended to stoke racial passions that sensible minds extinguished long ago.
Look: This website has never defended the “neo-Confederate” movement in South Carolina – to the extent it still exists. If anything, we’ve criticized it – arguing that individual liberty and economic prosperity are ideals which know no color, creed, gender or sexual orientation. Also, we refuse to get bogged down in the ridiculous debate over the Confederate flag flying on the grounds of the S.C. State House – although we have railed against the “Confederate obsessions” of some Palmetto leaders.
Bottom line? Such “heritage/ hate” debates do nothing to advance the real issues facing all of us in the Palmetto State …
With all due respect, McKnight needs to focus his attention on the tens of thousands of children (mostly poor, black children) trapped in South Carolina’s perpetually failing schools – like the ones down in Jasper County, S.C. Because that’s real life slavery, people … slavery that’s happening now. Oh, and McKnight might also consider raising his voice in protest of the “black on black crime” being perpetrated by the current administration in Washington, D.C.
Until then, we’d encourage him to enjoy a nice, tall glass of STFU …